Re: Missing Taskbar icons, especially Power Manager, FYI

September 5, 2013 at 19:51:57
Specs: Windows XP
When XP boots it starts the automatic user logon process (explorer.exe) before finishing loading the network. This creates a "race condition" when the logon process is trying to draw the taskbar icons while the system process is still initializing networking (and its icons, especially wi-fi.) Meanwhile, drawing of "less important" icons times out before networking is done and that's how you get missing icons.

You will remember that this problem did not exist in Win2k. That's because Win2k loaded its networking stack before starting the user logon. There is a way to revert XP to Win2k-like behavior:

1. Open Run dialog (Windows+R) & type gpedit.msc, press Enter. Group Policy Editor starts.

2. In the left pane navigate to Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - System - Logon.

3. In the right pane find "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon". Double-click and select Enabled, hit OK, close GPE.

4. Reboot. Now XP will boot-up Win2k-style: first all the system stuff, then the user logon.

P.S. Group Policy Editor is a nifty hidden program that can change a lot of other cool settings, like Autoplay/Autorun for example. Have a look around and read the descriptions.

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September 6, 2013 at 00:04:56
Thank you but you should have posted that in the "How To" section.
All the other sections are for posting (and helping with) specific problems that you are needing help with.

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September 6, 2013 at 07:43:18
I've worked on a heck of a lot compuetrs running XP thru-out the years & have never experienced what you're posting about. Maybe I've just been lucky?

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September 6, 2013 at 09:58:28
Had XP Home as my main PC for years (still a going concern) and I too seem to have been lucky. Haven't seen it mentioned on these forums either and I've been around here since 1999.

Note that gpedit only applies to XP Pro.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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